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Kathy Marie Bertelsen, age 71, passed away on Friday January 25, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on November 17, 1947 in Racine to the late James and Catherine (Nee: Rotter) Stemmer Sr.

Kathy attended St. Patrick’s School and graduated from St. Catherine’s High School in 1966. She married Richard J. Bertelsen on May 13, 1967 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Kathy worked for Kohl’s Department store for many years. She was a member and Eucharistic Minister of St. Lucy’s Catholic Church. Kathy enjoyed traveling and visited all the states of the U.S. except for Alaska.

Surviving are; her husband of 51 years Richard; children, Paul (Laura) Bertelsen, Michele Bertelsen; grandchildren, Amanda Zemke, Aaron, Kaitlyn Marie, Anna, and Sarah Bertelsen;  great grandchildren, Jaxon, Joshua, Bailey, Chelsea, and A.J.;  her sister, Mary Ann Foxcroft; in-laws, Sr. Marietta Bertelsen, Joan Geutner, Harold (Beverly) Bertelsen, Ray (Toni) Bertelsen, Jeanette (Glen) Urick, Virginia Orlowski, Elaine (Patrick) Fogarty, Diane (Dennis) Walker;  nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother James A. Stemmer Jr. and brother-in-law James Foxcroft as well as her beloved dog Sweet Pea.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, located at 3101 Drexel Avenue. Reverend Javier Guativa will be officiating. Interment will follow at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Friends and relatives can meet with the family from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Julie and Amy from Hospice Alliance for their loving and compassionate care.